Review: Tales From The Borderlands: Episode 2 Atlas Mugged (PS4)

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Title: Tales From The Borderlands: Episode 2 Atlas Mugged
Format: PlayStation Network Download (1.4 GB)
Release Date: March 17, 2015
Publisher: Telltale Games in partnership with Gearbox Software and 2K
Developer: Telltale Games
Original MSRP: $4.99 (Single Episode) / $19.99 (Season Pass)
ESRB Rating: M
Tales From The Borderlands: A Telltale Games Series is also available on PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android.
The PlayStation 4 download version was used for this review.
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Season One Reviews:
Review: Tales From The Borderlands: Episode 1 Zer0 Sum (PS4)

Gameplay:
Atlas Mugged continues the back-and-forth telling of the events that surround both of our main characters, Rhys and Fiona, with each giving their own unique twist to the events – keeping even us from knowing the true story. In their latest adventure, we get to witness a recent con in which both Rhys and Fiona were involved, but of course they remember events quite different from each other. As the story progresses we quickly see that this con went horribly wrong, leading to some very disturbing and funny moments.

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Telltale has quickly become masters of telling a story from the perspective of two different characters, both with their own personality and memory, providing some very hysterical “differences” to particular events that took place. Where the first episode was chock full of comedy and drama for both Rhys’ and Fiona’s story, Atlas Mugged more or less gives each character’s story their own main overall feeling.

… countless laugh-out-loud moments …
Rhys’ story, mainly dealing with a holographic version of Handsome Jack, has countless laugh-out-loud moments. I actually think I might have been laughing more than not. Unlike Rhys’ more funny story, Fiona’s lends itself more to the emotional/drama-filled side. After the very intense events of the first episode, we get to see a lot more of herself and what she is made of. The vastly different emotional feelings associated with each character’s story is refreshing and welcome. Just as you’re beginning to get tired of one, you’re flipped to the other story.

Visuals:
Visually, there isn’t much to mention that wasn’t mentioned in my review of Episode 1. The game looks exactly like you’d expect for a game with Borderlands in the title. There are a couple of great looking set pieces, but again, nothing that is anything crazily new or crazily amazing; which is fine as I never expected anything better than what I saw in Episode 1.

Audio:
Even the audio of Episode 2 is what we’ve come to expect from Telltale. Voice actors are spot on with their emotion throughout the game, especially when dealing with the more comedic and dramatic moments.

… Telltale continues to impress …
Online/Multiplayer:
Tales From The Borderlands: Episode 2 Atlas Mugged has no online competitive/co-operative mode. At the end of the game you can see what choices you picked and the percentage of players who picked that same option, just as previous Telltale games have.

Conclusion:
Telltale continues to impress with their Tales From The Borderlands series, giving us an even better episode than Zer0 Sum. From the opening moments to the closing words, Atlas Mugged is a wonderful display of Telltale’s mastery of storytelling.

Score:
9.0

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

Written by Kyle Jessee

Kyle Jessee

Your lone Kentucky writer on staff. Loves the Big Blue Nation, rock music, and Resistance 2 (the best in the series).

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